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COLLECTION Identifier: Arch GA 7.5

Raymond A. Bauer papers


The collection consists of Raymond A. Bauer’s business correspondence, research and notes, speeches and presentations.


  • 1941-1980

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Some materials may be stored offsite; access requires advance notice. HBS Archives collections require a secondary registration form, please contact for more information.


4.5 linear feet (10 boxes)
This collection consists of materials dating from 1941-1980, with the majority falling between 1957-1977, while Bauer worked at HBS. The collection consists of Bauer’s business correspondence, research and notes, speeches and presentations, and copies of many of his articles from, 1949-1977.

Biographical Note:

Raymond A. Bauer was born on September 7, 1916 in Chicago, Illinois. He received his BS in 1943 from Northwestern University, his MA in 1948, and his PhD in 1950, both from Harvard University. While a graduate student he was a fellow in Harvard’s Russian Research Center. After earning his doctorate he taught social relations at Harvard until 1953.

In 1953 Professor Bauer left Harvard to teach at MIT's Center for International Studies and in 1955 became a fellow of MIT’s Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Science. He returned to Harvard in 1957 as Professor of Business Administration at HBS. In 1970 he left briefly to work at the White House as the Senior Consultant to the National Goals Research Staff where he contributed to a published a report entitled, “Toward a Balanced Growth Quantity with Quality.” In 1974 Professor Bauer became the first Joseph C. Wilson Professor of Business Administration, a position he kept until his death in July 1977.

Professor Bauer received many awards during his time at HBS. In 1964 he, along with Ithiel de Sola Pool and Lewis Anthony Dexter, won the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Book Award for their book, American Business and Public Policy. He was also awarded the American Association for Public Opinion Research Award for Exceptionally Distinguished Achievement in 1975.

Professor Bauer served on many committees and associations. He was a member of the American Association of Advertising Agencies, the American Association for Public Opinion Research, the American Psychological Association, the Massachusetts Psychological Association, the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and many others.

Raymond Bauer wrote fifteen books and more than 100 articles dealing with such diverse subjects as Soviet psychology, advertising and consumer behavior, the policy making process in government, and the social responsiveness of corporations.

Series Outline

The collection is arranged in the following series:
  1. Series I. Correspondence and Subject Files, 1969-1980
  2. ___Subseries A. Alphabetical Correspondence, 1969-1980
  3. ___Subseries B. Chronological Correspondence, 1969-1977
  4. Series II. HBS Research and Writing Records, 1941-1977
  5. ___Subseries A. Reference Materials, 1943-1977
  6. ___Subseries B. Writings, 1941-1978
  7. Series III. HBS Administrative Records, 1950-1953
  8. Series IV. Restricted Material, 1959-1977

Physical Location


Separated Material:

A small series of photographs taken at the 1973 International Teachers Program which took place in Fontainebleau, France has been removed to the HBS Archives Photograph Collection Subject Files. The pictures were taken at the closing ceremonies of the program and show many of the program participants.

Processing Information

Processed: February 1996

By: Lisa DeCesare
Link to catalog
Bauer, Raymond Augustine, 1916-1977. Raymond A. Bauer Papers, 1941-1980: A Finding Aid
Baker Library

Repository Details

Part of the Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University Repository

Baker Library Special Collections holds unique resources that focus on the evolution of business and industry, as well as the records of the Harvard Business School, documenting the institution's development over the last century. These rich and varied collections support research in a diverse range of fields such as business, economic, social and cultural history as well as the history of science and technology.

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